Located in Cleveland County, North Carolina, the Cleveland Community College (CCC) was established in 1965 as a unit of Gaston College. Today this independent, public, two-year college is a member institution of the North Carolina Community College System. The College became an independent unit in 1967 when a local Board of Trustees was appointed, and the school was renamed Cleveland County Technical Institute. As the College continued to expand, the need for a proper campus became evident, and thanks to grants from the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners and the State of North Carolina it was able to begin building on its long-range development plan.
By the time the institute officially changed its name to Cleveland Community College in 1987, the campus included classroom buildings, the Learning Resources Center, the Jack Hunt Campus Center, vocational shops, laboratories, a snack bar, bookstore, and offices. Since then the school has expanded to include the James Broughton Petty Amphitheater, a field house, a maintenance building and a student activities center.
The Academic Programs Unit awards college transfer associate in arts, associate in science degrees, associate in applied science and associate in general education degrees. Technical and vocational diplomas and certificates are also offered in various areas of study. Students receive academic support from the academic advisement, developmental support, library/media services, tutoring, and instructional technology departments. College Transfer associate degrees are offered in areas like pre-elementary education, pre-business administration, pre-engineering, pre-biology & biology education, and the associate degree in nursing.
The diploma and certificate programs are offered under department titles like allied health, auto body, biotechnology, broadcasting and production technology, community Spanish interpreter, computer information technology, cosmetology, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, electronics engineering technology, real estate and welding technology. Continuing education non-credit programs fall under the broad categories of workforce development, economic development, basic skills and literacy education, law enforcement training, emergency medical services training, firefighter training, and quality of life enhancement. Online continuing education courses are offered through Ed2Go, and resources include the Small Business Center and the Workforce Development Center.
Approved in 1997, the school is celebrated for its Emergency Training Center, the Brown Emergency Training Center, completed and dedicated in December of 2002. One of the most advanced in the Southeast United States, here firefighters, rescue workers, EMS personnel, and law enforcement officers are trained for both professional and volunteer duty.
During the Fall, Spring and Summer academic terms run each year, the school offers the Academic Programs Unit, distance learning, adult basic education, and continuing education programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, and on nights and weekends. Distance learning students may enroll for online courses provided via the Blackboard online learning community. Online courses may last either 7 weeks or 14 weeks, and special one-hour on-campus workshops are provided to students just getting started. The Adult Basic Education Program, based out of the Learning Center, is a tuition-free program that targets adult non-readers. Campus, off-campus, and online courses are offered, as well as an innovative curricula designed to develop real-world success skills. An adult high school diploma program is also offered in conjunction with Cleveland County Schools.
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All prospective students must mail their completed application, and may choose to request a counseling appointment with Student Services. Exceptions are all Allied Health applicants, except for nursing assistant and phlebotomy applicants, who must attend an informational meeting, and radiography applicants who must undergo Psychological Services Bureau testing and then an interview. Transcripts from all previous pre- and post-secondary institutions must be sent for any student pursuing a diploma, degree or certificate, and for any student enrolling in a course with a prerequisite.
Any prospective student wishing to enroll in a degree-seeking program, phlebotomy, cosmetology, nursing assistant, technical diploma or technical certificate program is required to take English, algebra, math, and reading placement tests. Scores must meet the criteria specified by Admissions. Allied health applicants (associate degree nursing (RN), practical nursing, radiography, surgical technology, nursing assistant and phlebotomy) must meet a unique set of “qualitative and quantitative admissions requirements.” A range of special admissions criteria, including physical examination results, immunizations, Psychological Services Bureau testing results, and personal references are required for some applicants to these students. For specifics, allied health applicants should directly contact Admissions.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, or dually enrolled in high school and over the age of 16 with special permission. A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for the practical nursing, associate in arts, associate in science, associate in general education, and associate in applied science degree curriculums, as well as phlebotomy, cosmetology and technical diploma or technical certificate programs. A high school diploma or equivalency is NOT required for other vocational diploma or certificate programs.
Out-of-state students are eligible for acceptance, however should expect far higher tuition fees per credit hour.
Students are provided financial aid services by the Financial Aid Program, which is based on financial needs analysis. All students wishing to apply for financial aid must fill out the FAFSA. The two type of financial aid programs are grants and employment. Special financial aid options include the PELL Grant, the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grand, and the North Carolina Community College Grant, as well as a variety of academic and need-based scholarships selected and awarded by the Financial Aid Office Scholarship Committee.
The school is supported by nonprofit corporation the Cleveland Community College Foundation. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the mission is to guarantee quality education and financial stability. State supported, general and benefactor scholarships available from the Financial Aid office and the College Foundation include the Wachovia Technical Scholarship, the Nurse Education Scholarship Loan Program, and more.
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With around 3,000 students enrolled per semester, there is a diverse student body, with students of all ages. With no dormitory accommodations provided, this is a commuter campus. For accommodation assistance, it is recommended that students directly contact the local Shelby Chamber of Commerce.
A wide range of student social, cultural and physical activities, sponsored by the Student Government Association are enjoyed by the students such as concerts, plays, art exhibits, readings, and lectures. There are a range of student clubs and organizations on campus, and students are highly encouraged to get involved, as well as a student newsletter which is published on campus. Some of the many clubs and organizations are the Beta Iota Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Black Awareness club, the Linux Users Group, the Lamplighters, the Surgical Technology Club and the Musician’s Guild.
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Although the school wears its blue and white colors proudly, it does not field any inter-collegiate sports teams. The gymnasium and athletic fields are, however, available for use by College courses, for College events, and for general student use during designated times. Intramural sports teams are sometimes provided for students by the SGA, depending on student interest, like basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and horseshoes.
Accreditation is provided by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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